Millions of fans of both George R.R. Martin’s epic A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the hit HBO show Game of Thrones have become familiar with a world of fictional characters, settings, and even religions, including those who worship “The Many-Faced God.” This deity is the god of death, and is present in all other religions (“The Stranger” in one form, “The Drowned God” in another, etc.).
Arthritis can be a bit “many-faced” as well. People might think of it as being one disease, but there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Naturally, not all of these conditions are equally as common. Certain forms are more likely to cause an issue for the joints in the lower limbs, including:
- This is the condition people are most apt to associate with arthritis, because it is the most common. It can be described as a “wear and tear” variety that happens over time.
- The natural processes used by the body to break down food create a byproduct known as uric acid. When too much uric acid is produced, or it is not filtered out of the body, it builds up and crystalizes in joints. The big toe metatarsophalangeal joint (found at the base of the toe) is a common location for this. Uric acid crystals have sharp edges and can cause intense pain for affected individuals.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. In this autoimmune disorder, the body’s natural defense begins attacking joint linings. At present, medical experts aren’t sure exactly why it develops, but we know it results in joint pain and stiffness.
- Trauma-induced arthritis. Some cases of joint pain and stiffness happen in response to an injury that occurs as the result of physical trauma. A toe that is broken while playing soccer or an ankle fractured in an auto accident will heal in time, but it may develop an early onset of arthritis. Symptoms are usually similar to those experienced with osteoarthritis.
At Southern Tier Podiatry, it doesn’t matter which of the types of arthritis is causing problems for your lower limbs. We will diagnose the condition and then administer the treatment you need. For additional information on arthritis, or any medical issue affecting your foot and ankle health, give us a call at (607) 217-5668. Our friendly staff will answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment at our Greater Binghamton Area office. You can also arrange your visit online today.